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Female pilots make history with Delta Airlines

Published:Tuesday | March 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Delta's Capt Stephanie Johnson (left) and First Officer Dawn Cook (right) make historic flight.

For the first time in history, Delta Air Lines have employed two black female pilots – including the company’s first black female captain – to fly a commercial flight in the cockpit together.

Atlanta-based First Officer Dawn Cook found out that Detroit-based Capt. Stephanie Johnson was planning to fly out of Detroit on February 26, and she reached out to Johnson to plan the historic flight, according to the Delta News Hub

This marks the end to “Delta’s Very Own Heroes” series, a Black History Month campaign that highlighted the employees who made their mark as African-American pioneers.

In an interview with Delta News Hub, Johnson said: “There were no pilots in my life growing up, and I think I’m the first person in my family to graduate from college. But for as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with airplanes and would think, “What a great thing it would be to know how to fly.”